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Sharpshooters Local ‘Annie Oakleys’ enjoy blasting targets around town 11 Frances Mosley, 12, and “Amos,” enjoy the water at the Garden Hills Pool during the 28th annual Peachtree Hills Animal Hospital Dog Swim on Sept. 15. Members and non-members had a chance to splash with their four-legged friends during the final swim of the 2013 season. More photos on page 8.

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North Atlanta leadership troubles continue By Dan Whisenhunt

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Parents of North Atlanta High students are angry, confused and – above all – suspicious of the latest drama surrounding the leadership at the school. Principal Howard Taylor was leaving, but was enticed to stay when Atlanta Public Schools officials offered him a promotion to oversee the entire North Atlanta Cluster. But the Board of Education on Sept. 17 wouldn’t vote to approve that promotion. That last development came just before a hastily arranged community meeting on

Sept. 17 at Garden Hills Elementary. Associate Superintendent Steve Smith, Board of Education Chairman Reuben McDaniel, District 4 Board of Education member Nancy Meister and Seat 7 Board of Education member Courtney English were there to answer questions, or at least try. One parent summed up the general sentiment of the NAHS community. “What in the hell has happened here?” she asked. “That’s the million-dollar question,”


Smith said. Taylor was not at the Garden Hills meeting. Neither was Superintendent Erroll Davis. Smith’s explanation, in a nutshell: Taylor butted heads with central office staff at APS. He couldn’t hire the teachers he wanted and found the bureaucracy too burdensome. “What Dr. Taylor has in a general sense outlined to us was the inability to sometimes choose his own personnel, meaning what teachers would actually work in his facility,” Smith said. “The other thing he would outline … is even when he did have the opporsee north atlanta, page 5

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